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Health and Public Policy Committee


Recommend to the Board of Regents College policy regarding national, state or local public policies on issues broadly affecting the health of the public, individual patients, and the practice of medicine.

Composition (15)

Chair, who is a Regent; Vice-Chair, who is a Governor; 11 members, including at least one Regent, at least one Governor, one Resident/Fellow member, one Medical Student, and one Early Career Physician member.

The President and Chair of the Board of Regents are ex officio, voting members.


Chair, Vice Chair, and members-at-large serve one year terms, renewable up to three times for a total of four years, unless extended by the Chair, Board of Regents.

2019-20 Members

Thomas G. Cooney, MD, MACP, Chair
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education
Oregon Health & Science University
Staff Physician
Portland VA Medical Center
Portland, OR
Specialty: IM

Lee S. Engel, MD, PhD, FACP, Vice Chair
(Governor) Louisiana
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Department of Medicine
1542 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA
Specialties: IM, ID

George Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA,
Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Associate Chief of Medicine
Saint Vincent Hospital
Worcester, MA
Specialty: ID

Tracey L. Henry, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Specialty: IM

David R. Hilden, MD, MPH, FACP
(Governor) Minnesota
Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN
Specialities: IM, HOS

Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, SFHM, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Radiology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Davie, FL
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Suja Mariam Mathew, MD, FACP
(Governor) Illinois Northern
Chair, Department of Medicine
Cook County Health & Hospitals System
Chicago, IL
Specialty: IM, Hospital Medicine

Bridget M. McCandless, MD, FACP
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Independence, MO
Specialty: IM

Molly Southworth, MD, MPH, MACP
Endocrinologist, Alaska Native Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Affiliate Professor of Medical Education
University of Alaska Anchorage/ WWAMI
Specialty: END

Fatima Syed, MD, MSc, FACP
Resident in Internal Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA

Douglas M. DeLong, MD, MACP (Chair, Board of Regents)
(Ex-officio Member)
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Bassett Health Care
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Cooperstown, NY
Specialties: IM/ GER

Robert M. McLean, MD, MACP (President)
(Ex-officio Member)
Full-Time Private Practice
Northeast Medical Group of Yale-New Haven Health System
Associate Clinical Professor
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Specialties: IM, RHU

Akshay Kapoor, MS (CSM)
Worcester, MA

Matthew T. Nelson, MD (CRFM)
Bethesda, MD

Mary Anderson Wallace, MD, FACP, SFHM (CECP)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Susan W. Lane, MD, FACP (AAIM Rep) (Guest)
Setauket, NY
Specialty: IM

Staff Liaison: Renee Butkus